With nothing but a $200 gift from your favorite aunt, you have decided to become the manager of the next great American metal band. Using your quick wits and eye for talent, you will put together a ragtag group of Band Members in the hope of winning fans and moving merchandise. The best place to do this is at Metalfest, a huge 3-day festival of new bands and cash prizes.
You will need to tailor your band to fit the crowd’s taste and try to attract some big spenders to your merch table. Remember, the goal is to make the most money at the end of the three shows, but the only way to get the cash is to move your merch and get a good following in your fan base.
Over the course of the game you will draft a hand of cards from the band deck. This deck is made up of musicians and gimmicks that you can hire into your band, but can also be used as merch to be sold or hype to promote your band. Every time you hire a band member it will increase your band's stats on the showmanship track in vocals, solos, rhythm, imagery, or brutality. At the end of every set fans in the crowd will rush to the stages of the bands they like based on their standing on the showmanship track. The crowd members fall into five different factions (Metalheads, Nerds, Hipsters, Goths, Bros) and each faction has a different taste in music. Once you have got the fans to your stage you can sell them merch from your hand. Each fan you sell out goes into your score pile for the end of the game. The band that scores the most members of each faction wins a cash prize during final scoring. The band with the most money after final scoring is the winner of Metalfest!